How to find the Perfect Vendor for your wedding
How to find the perfect wedding vendor for you

Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding, and it can also be quite stressful.

Some of the many questions that you might have include: How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know who to trust?  Where do you go for advice?

First of all, this is not an easy task and it's totally normal if you feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused.  It's not like you plan a wedding every day! This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.

Let's start with the first question:

How do you pick the wedding vendors who are right for YOU?

First of all, STYLE, PERSONALITY, and PROFESSIONALISM are the biggest things to look for.  You want to hire vendors who your guests will feel comfortable with because the more comfortable your guests are the more FUN they will have. Each vendor should also match the style and the vision that you have in mind for your wedding.

How many weddings do you do per year?  How much experience do you have?

There are two extremely important questions.  Ideally, your wedding professional should have lots of experience specifically with weddings.  Not only does this make them more skilled in their craft, but this also makes them a valuable source of information. It ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.

How much do you charge?

Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expertise. Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.  

How much is the deposit?

This question is pretty straightforward. The deposit amounts vary depending on the overall cost of the services you're purchasing.

What specifically is included in that cost?

Because packages often vary, it becomes difficult to compare one vendor to the next. Keep in mind that the lowest cost isn't necessarily the best deal; in fact, it rarely is.  Some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages, also the higher quotes most likely provide a higher quality of service.. This isn’t always the case so make sure you do your research!  

What is the Backup Plan? 

Does the wedding professional have a backup plan if something happens to their equipment, or to them? This is important since you might be stuck without the crucial services that you paid for if they do not have a plan in place.

Do you use a contract? 

If the answer is, "No," RUN!  A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional.  Don't settle for a verbal agreement that won't hold up in court.

Are there any additional fees?

Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly- especially in Canada. Make sure that you understand exactly what is included, and if there are any other fees that you'll have to pay.  This information should be clearly defined in your contract.
 

Do you carry liability insurance?

This is a very important question and you are most definitely looking for them to answer “Yes.” Liability insurance will protect you in case of any unfortunate event that could potentially occur on your wedding day. By them replying yes, it also shows you that you are dealing with a legitimate and reputable business. Most "fly by night" operations don't invest in insurance.

Final Advice

READ YOUR CONTRACT and GO WITH YOUR GUT!

Make sure you understand everything that's written and ask questions if you don't. There are no stupid questions, except for the one you don't ask.  Make sure you know the price, as well as cancellation and refund policies.

If something feels "off" about the wedding vendor, then you're probably right. Make sure you feel comfortable with him or her.

Remember: if chosen wisely, the right wedding vendors will give you expert help and advice on every aspect of your wedding...for free!

Top 5 First Dance Songs
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On your wedding day, there will be many firsts. 
The first kiss as husband and wife, the first meal shared together, and the first dance.  

Choosing a song for the first dance can be difficult, as you want the song to be timeless. This is a moment that you and your significant other will never want to forget.
When choosing a song, make sure to research popular first dance songs in the current charts and top 5 first dance songs of all time. Don’t be afraid to look through a few genres! 

There are plenty of options when it comes to the dance itself. Having a professional teacher choreograph a dance can create a special and unique moment for you and your guests to experience and be a part of. 
On your wedding day, keep in mind that you have so much on your mind that potentially adding a choreographed dance could create stress- especially if your partner has two left feet (like myself.) Another element to be cautious of is the wedding dress. Make sure that during your dance it can easily move and that if not, the song is slow enough that you will not trip by stepping to the beat of the music. 

With all of that being said, Here is our list of top 5 first dance songs requested from our brides and grooms in 2018!

  1. Perfect- Ed Sheeran
  2. Cant help falling in love - Elvis Presley
  3. Die a happy man- Thomas Rhett
  4. Thinking out loud- Ed Sheeran
  5. From the ground up- Dan and Shay
Happy National Junk Food Day
 Happy National Junk Food Day!  Late night snacks are becoming a very popular trend at weddings, especially for young couples. After having a few drinks you and your friends will be looking for something fun and casual to eat while going on and off of the dance floor! Below are a couple of our staff favourites for the late night snack!  -Poutine   -Pizza  -Tacos/Burritos  -Candy Bar  -Hotdogs   If you have a favourite late night snack comment on our Instagram page and we can add it to the list! @absolutesounds

Happy National Junk Food Day!

Late night snacks are becoming a very popular trend at weddings, especially for young couples. After having a few drinks you and your friends will be looking for something fun and casual to eat while going on and off of the dance floor! Below are a couple of our staff favourites for the late night snack!

-Poutine 

-Pizza

-Tacos/Burritos

-Candy Bar

-Hotdogs 

If you have a favourite late night snack comment on our Instagram page and we can add it to the list! @absolutesounds

Gerald Hood
National Kissing Day
 Weddings are a magical way to celebrate love, and unity in a relationship.   Guests at a wedding generally clink glasses to see the bride and groom kiss. The first few times it happens are special. From there on, It can get a little bit distracting from the meal and it takes away from the time you are spending together on your wedding day.   This is the first time you get to sit down together, have a bit of a break and it's your first meal as husband and wife. Do you really want that disrupted by a lot of clinking glasses?   A unique idea to incorporate the “kissing game” without clinking a glass is Bride and Groom trivia:  Guests will have to answer a trivia question correctly about the bride and groom (i.e: where was the first date) for the B&G to kiss  Some couples decide to add a level to this game. If the guest gets the question wrong - they themselves must find someone to kiss.  This is just one of the many ways Absolute Sounds can make your event personal, fun and unique.  Let's set up a time to talk!

Weddings are a magical way to celebrate love, and unity in a relationship. 

Guests at a wedding generally clink glasses to see the bride and groom kiss. The first few times it happens are special. From there on, It can get a little bit distracting from the meal and it takes away from the time you are spending together on your wedding day. 

This is the first time you get to sit down together, have a bit of a break and it's your first meal as husband and wife. Do you really want that disrupted by a lot of clinking glasses? 

A unique idea to incorporate the “kissing game” without clinking a glass is Bride and Groom trivia:

Guests will have to answer a trivia question correctly about the bride and groom (i.e: where was the first date) for the B&G to kiss

Some couples decide to add a level to this game. If the guest gets the question wrong - they themselves must find someone to kiss.

This is just one of the many ways Absolute Sounds can make your event personal, fun and unique.  Let's set up a time to talk!

Gerald Hood
Proudly Canadian - 150 Years
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Oh Canada - The True North. Strong and Free, 

This year is the big #150 for our amazing country. Not only is this a huge monument to celebrate as a whole, but it has been one of our biggest wedding seasons thus far! 

We are proud to be Canadian, and we are proud to represent a company that celebrates its culture and helps to support others in their continued success in our industry, which is why we are proud members of the Canadian Professional Disc Jockey Association!

We hope that you and your family have an amazing Canada day weekend!

Stay safe and celebrate this incredible moment in history.

Gerald Hood
Father Daughter Dance Ideas
 A relationship between a Father and Daughter is a special one. A daughters wedding day is one of the hardest days for a father as he is giving away his little girl. How amazing would it be to give back to your dad in a special and unique way on your wedding day!  Create a memory that he will never be able to forget. By making your father daughter dance more than just a two step- below we have a few suggestions on fun dances to try with your dad.  It doesn’t have to be perfect- its the time spent together laughing about the steps that seem impossible … He will remember those moments forever.   If you and your dad are incredible dancers you can also impress your guests ;) 

A relationship between a Father and Daughter is a special one. A daughters wedding day is one of the hardest days for a father as he is giving away his little girl. How amazing would it be to give back to your dad in a special and unique way on your wedding day!

Create a memory that he will never be able to forget. By making your father daughter dance more than just a two step- below we have a few suggestions on fun dances to try with your dad.

It doesn’t have to be perfect- its the time spent together laughing about the steps that seem impossible … He will remember those moments forever. 

If you and your dad are incredible dancers you can also impress your guests ;) 

Gerald Hood